Interior Linemen 7) Brian Winters School: Kent State, Sr. Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 320 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: n/a Bench Press: 9
The fact that he survived outside in the MAC will aid his claim to versatility. He should be a solid starter inside and a potential back up at right tackle. He ‘s a bit stronger, but slightly less athletic, than current Packer T.J. Lang.
He’s a bright energetic young man who really wants a pro football career and is willing to work to get it. He put up 31 reps at the Combine, which is solid for a guy with 32” long arms. He should have solid interest from the Packers if he lasts until late in round three.
Postseason game: Winters was exposed badly in the MAC championship game against Northern Illinois, All-Star Game: Schwenke rocked at least relative to being a legit tackle Senior Bowl week. He’s a high-energy, big-effort player with a bright, prospect. engaging personality. He spent part Once NIU began scoring on of- of his time playing at guard in Mofense Kent resorted primarily to bile and looked natural there. their passing attack, defensive end Sean Progar ate Winters alive. He His feet looked surprisingly quick could not get his feet moving fast for his body type, and he can get enough for the speedy pass rusher downfield for second-level blocks. and looked like a matador waving Scouts might cringe to know his the bull past him. actual body fat percentage, but he plays like a well-conditioned athlete.
In a nutshell: Winters was a starting left tackle at Kent State, and a three-time all-conference selection. But in the scouting community it was clear that he did not have the feet to stay outside at the next level. As expected, he was moved inside the first day of practices at the Senior Bowl. And to no one’s surprise, he looked like a natural. He lacks foot quickness in space, but in the phone booth he dominates with his strength and shortarea quickness.
8) Brian Schwenke School: California, Sr. Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 314 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.99 Bench Press: 31 In a nutshell: This player has come virtually out of nowhere to be a fast riser in the prospect derby. The speed you see displayed in his 40 time is exceptional for a natural center. Even though he looks a bit like the Pillsbury Doughboy at first glance, he is functionally sound and displays better feet than one might expect.
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9) Hugh Thornton School: Illinois, Sr. Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 320 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 5.11 Bench Press: 27 In a nutshell: The Illini had another disappointing season, and Thornton got lost in the shuffle.
But watching him during Senior Bowl week indicated that he might be the next in line of some very successful recent offensive linemen coming out of Illinois.
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